Once again around the world and in Europe, we are bearing witness to a ‘hardening’ of attitudes concerning the freedom of expression in the arts. Sometimes this is manifested with regard to what is considered ‘obscene’ or ‘blasphemous’. Occasionally it is triggered by the political content of performances, films, or other artworks. Has political correctness reached a point where it has become self-censorship? Is it perilous to incorporate extreme ideas or statements in films, plays, and art installations? Do some people over-identify the artwork with the ideas or the images it incorporates, failing perhaps to grasp the distance between the work of art and whichever statement it incorporates? Who sets the limits to freedom of expression, and how?
These issues have recently re-emerged in Greece as well as other countries. For this reason, we invite you to participate in a public talk on ‘Art, Freedom, Censorship’ at the Main Stage of the Onassis Cultural Centre. There, we hope to engage with all these issues at a national level, as well as from an international perspective.
The talk is co-organised by the Onassis Cultural Centre and the General Secretariat for Transparency and Human Rights.
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Free entrance, on a first come first served basis. Click here to reserve your seat
or get your entrance ticket at the OCC's box office 1 hour before the event.
Simultaneous translation into Greek and English is provided.